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Great features but unstable in use - UPDATE RESOLVES PROBLEMS!
on 1 May 2009
Well, I've just RMA'd mine back to AVM in Germany and hope that the repaired/replaced unit will be better than the one I have. That's not a good start.
Firstly, take note of the previous reviewer's warning and ensure you get an International or Annexe A version of this modem/router - there are three versions available now with the International one being switchable between Annexe A and B.
Don't be an early adopter... That's what I always advise people so why did I not wait before sending off to Germany to purchase this product? I have used a AVM fritz!box 7140 modem for some time and loved its' speed, unique functions, GUI and supplied software suite. So I rejected my own advice and sent off my money. I wanted the 7270, I had to have one. Now.
This combined modem and adsl router has features not available elsewhere: plug in a printer or external USB drive and they can be shared on the network or accessed from the internet via FTP. It has built in VOIP so you can just plug in any normal phone and quickly configure it as a VOIP phone, you can use as a base station for your DECT phones. It has built answerphones (as many as you want) which can be configured any way you want for VOIP or landlines. Your whole whole communications system can be controlled from this device. The GUI for the 7270 is wizard based, friendly and easy to use.
A CD is supplied which as well as the usual setup wizard and drivers also features an excellent firewall and suite of software applications that run on your PC and interface with the 7270 to give detailed information on your connection.
All the above wonders are easy to setup and simple to operate in daily use. So why am I sending mine back?
I have been plagued by random and unpredictable problems: freeze ups. outages, printing suddenly failing, network devices appearing to be connected but inaccessible, a network camera tested and known to be good locking up the whole network when connected wirelessly or via ethernet. Worst of all I use this modem as the heart of my domestic security system, interfacing with my alarm system, phone line and network cameras. I can set it up and all is well but after a few days of unattended use it will go dead and whilst appearing to be online it will release no connected devices to the internet.
If this device was reliable in use then it would be full marks. As it is unless you are on hand to reboot it then wait and give it a few months for them to sort the firmware out.
Time to update my review!
The latest firmware has resolved all the earlier issues and the router has been perfectly stable now for several months as well as new features such as an online data monitor added to the already wide list of things it can do.
Major new features have been added such as the facility to plug an external USB mobile phone network modem into the router and take the internet from there instead of from the phone line. So you can now use this router as to supply the mobile phone network connection to the internet to your home network! Many other features are added or improved on too!
I can now honestly say this is the finest router I have ever used. I'll up my rating now to 5 stars!